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  1. Wow- nice capture, and very effective (and dramatic) in black and white. I think everyone should consider shooting more black and white. it’s a very unique challenge, and it has a lot to teach us about how we see the world through the viewfinder.

    The bike is definitely a CBRsomethingRR. I’m not sure if it’s a 600 or a 1000. I think the paint is custom, or at the very least all the decals are taken off, and I don’t know quite enough about those bikes to be able to tell them apart without the “600” or “1000” written on the side. I do know it looks like a lot of fun (although I don’t think I’d mess with a liter bike. A CBR600RR or Daytona 675 would be much more my speed).

    I think the GSN is definitely worth getting repaired. Check out the prices those are going for on eBay- they’re definitely worth something (although that’s coming from someone who paid from $3 to $30 for his 35mm cameras). At first, I assumed that developing black and white film would take a lot of equipment and technical knowledge, but it doesn’t. To develop 35mm black and white film to negatives, I had to buy about $60 of equipment and chemicals from Freestyle Photo (not sure how they are with international stuff, but definitely my favorite in the States). It’s a pretty simple process, and you only need darkness for about thirty seconds to load the film into the tank. The rest can be done in regular light in your sink. It is a very forgiving process. My first roll came out fine, and I have yet to ruin a roll in developing (and I’ve definitely made mistakes). Keep in mind that this only gets you the negatives. You can get them scanned or printed at a camera store, or you can print them yourself in a darkroom (much more equipment-intensive). You can also do what I did and pick up a negative scanner. It seems like a pain to get started, but I think it’s a lot of fun. If you’re interested, I can link you to some of the articles I used to get started or give you more info on the equipment and chemistry and where to find it.

    On that note, I have zero formal photo education. I did take one college photo class, but it served primarily to amuse my roommate and I- it was horrible. I would consider myself completely self-taught. I learned about developing black and white film by reading lots of articles online. There really is a wealth of knowledge out there. As for editing, I load all of my photos into my Lightroom library, and most get minor touch-ups before getting made into little JPEGs for Internet use. For digital, it’s little things like exposure and sharpening (and curves for contrast- a great tool), and for 35mm it’s whatever it takes to correct the scans, which can be pretty radical. I almost never do heavier editing, like layers and such in Photoshop. If you shoot RAW, your images straight from the camera will need correction, since the camera applies almost nothing to them (this is what I use because it gives you more latitude to make adjustments later). If you’re shooting in JPEG, your images wil be adjusted and sharpened in camera, and might need only a little post-processing or none at all.

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